BSG Glutenberg Stout

Reviewed by on November 22, 2017 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: November 22, 2017

  • Best Before: July 27, 2018

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

I would think that this is likely the first gluten-free stout that I have yet come across.  Made with millet and buckwheat, not to mention coffee and cocoa nibs.

This 473ml can pours a pretty solid black, with subtle orange-brick amber basal edges, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves but a few instances of remote islet speck lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of more bitter than sweet cocoa powder, some acrid toasted graininess, sharp dry ground coffee beans, and very understated earthy, musty, and floral noble hops.  The taste is black coffee, milk-free chocolate, more roasted un-maltiness, some dried dark orchard stone fruity esters, and more almost ethereal weedy, earthy, and floral hop bitterness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as a bunch of random char cavorts about, looking like it wants trouble.  It finishes trending dry, the coffee and dark cocoa essences predominating.

Overall – this is indeed a more or less tasty stout, that is if you prefer ’em dry, nearly dry as a bone.  Quite flavourful, as the big roastiness does well to obscure most of the typical base alterna-grain weirdness.  Another winner from this Montreal ‘brasseur sans gluten’.

Brady White

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